Saturday, August 09, 2008

Pete and Repeat


I left my desk to do something, and forgot what it was. 

"Oh, well," I said, "it'll reoccur to me."

The next day, my daughter said, "Oh, Mom . . . I was going to ask you something, and I forgot what it was."

"Don't worry," I said, "it'll reoccur to you."

Things occur to us; they come to mind.

But if they leave, couldn't they come back--the same thought? Of course--so why don't we generally say, "it reoccurred to me"?

Oh, people use that term--I got 43 (or 27, depending) Ghits (EggcornDatabase speak for Google hits)


Why *don't* we use "reoccur" in that manner?


And why *do* we use "recur" (to come again to mind)? That's just silly.

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JD said...

I find it physically difficult to say 'reoccur'. Try as I might, it just comes out as 'recur'...

Editrix said...

Your post has made me think of a different question: Is there a word that means "going somewhere and then forgetting why you went there"? If there isn't, there should be, if only so I can use it.

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